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UG CamGuides: Welcome to Cambridge

Get to know the city for your academic and social life


With thanks to:

Sean (Computer Science)

Shameera (English)

Eloise (English)

View of University Library from King's College Chapel

Cambridge is a vibrant city and as a student you'll never run out of places to explore, visit and study. Although it isn't particularly big, it's worth looking at where your college is in relation to your department. Your department is normally where lectures and practical sessions take place. Supervisions can take place at either your college or department.

It's also worth looking up the location of the nearest supermarket, bike shop, park to relax in, museums and more.

Many students choose to cycle and there are lots of cycle paths and racks to make it easy to get around the city.

Your college will be your main source of information for both pastoral and academic matters. They will provide you with lots of information about living in Cambridge but you could also look at our section on Clubs, societies and hobbies for ideas about what to do and where to go as a student.

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Get to know the city

map of Cambridge

Click on this image to see an interactive map of the University. Use it to search for your college and your department or faculty. Please note that this link will open in this tab and you will need to use the back button to return to CamGuides for Undergraduates.

When it opens up, click anywhere and select Street View. Expand the map view on the bottom left of the screen, you will see that street view extends inside a number of the colleges. There are lots of 360 degree photos to help you explore many of the University buildings. Follow these links to see inside:

More links are available on the University website.


Study space

the spacefinder logoIt's likely that you'll have to start studying soon after you arrive in Cambridge. You have many options for places to study across the University and city. Spacefinder enables you to input your preferences and it will then highlight some spaces in Cambridge that meet your requirements.

Look at the section on How will I learn at Cambridge? for more information about study options and how to choose the most effective space for your needs.

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